By Grace Leonard
On Saturday January 16th, more than 100 teams traveled to Fraser, Michigan for the Mid America Synchronized Skating Team Championships. The Fraser Figure Skating Club hosted the event, which featured teams from as nearby as Dearborn and Ann Arbor, Michigan and as far away as Canada and Australia.
The competition featured several teams competing in the basic skills and beginner events. Tot-level teams exhibited their programs as well. Huge smiles could be seen on the faces of many young skaters as they showcased their programs. Synchronized skating’s collaboration with USFS basic skills will hopefully continue for years to come and grow our sport by encouraging new skaters to get involved with a team.
In the preliminary division, three out of four medalists were from Michigan. The Crystallettes of Dearborn won the gold and received 4/1 majority ordinals. Kalamazoo Kinetic were the silver medalists and Allegro! from Novi, Michigan earned bronze. The pewter medal went to Cleveland Edges.
Ice Diamonds won the pre-juvenile division with 3/1 majority ordinals. Second, third and fourth places were all Michigan based teams: Crystallettes, Hockettes and Coliseum Comets respectively.
One of the largest events of the competition was open juvenile, which featured 10 teams. Allegro! swept the competition with first place ordinals from every judge. Louisville River Stars placed second, Ice Force placed third and Kalamazoo Kinetic ended up in fourth place.
Open juvenile wasn’t the only successful division for Allegro! They also won the open masters event against the Hot Flashes, and the masters event against Ice Connect.
Crystallettes won the juvenile division. They received 4/2 majority ordinals for their adorable Annie program despite two falls. The Ilderton Mini Jets of Canada were the silver medalists. They skated a charming program to selections from the musical Mary Poppins. Cleveland Edges received the bronze medal for their roaring 20s themed skate. Evolution earned the pewter medal.
The intermediate division was smaller than usual, but served as a good warm-up for teams preparing for the 22-team field they will face at Midwestern sectionals in a few weeks. Less than three points separated 1st from 3rd place. In the end, Creative Edge walked away with the gold medal thanks to a score of 53.75. The Ilderton Silver Jets from Ilderton, Ontario in Canada earned 52.30 points and the silver medal. Ice Diamonds skated their way to the bronze and 50.98 points with a lively Bollywood themed program and Crystallettes received the pewter medal and 48.88 points.
Crystallettes ran away with the gold in the novice division with a score of 66.17. They skated to a pirate theme and executed their elements with power and speed. The other spots on the podium were tough fights to the finish, 2nd through 4th place were separated by less than 3 points. Allegro! earned the silver medal and 52.17 points skating to “Fix You” by Coldplay. Hockettes were the bronze medalists and received 51.91 points for their love themed program despite 1 fall. The visiting Ilderton Precisionnaires won the pewter medal and scored 49.56 with their cute French program.
The junior short program featured only two teams: Hockettes and Crystallettes. Dressed in black, Crystallettes racked up 33.26 points for their sassy rocker girl program and unfortunately suffered two falls. Hockettes also experienced a fall, but their emotional program set to Mariah Carey’s “Hero” still put them on top with 35.33 points.
In the junior free skate, Hockettes skated their way to first place again with a clean performance of their Casablanca free skate. They earned 89.12 points and showcased their iconic death spirals during the program. Crystallettes earned 83.21 points for their Moulin Rouge themed skate. There was no combined scoring for this competition.
The senior short program only featured two teams as well, but the small field was still full of great skating. Crystallettes took the top spot and earned 53.31 points for their animated “Juicy Wiggle” program. Adrian College Varsity skated to Celine Dion’s “To Love You More” and earned their best short program score of the season so far, 49.28
In the senior free skate event, Adrian College Varsity Senior earned 105.66 points for a clean performance of their powerful Gone With the Wind program. Crystallettes had to withdraw from the event due to injuries. There was no combined scoring for the senior category either.
Miami University handily won the open collegiate event, receiving 1s across the board for their fun Outkast program. Adrian College Varsity solidly earned the silver medal with consistent 2s from all 5 judges. Oswego State Ice Effects represented the east coast well and walked away with the bronze medal. University of Wisconsin Madison earned 4th place.
Four collegiate teams competed in a division jam-packed with fun programs. Adrian College Varsity collegiate took home the gold in their home state with 72.82 points. They skated a vibrant program to selections from West Side Story that featured loads of expression. Western Michigan University finished a little more than a point behind them. Their up-beat country program earned 71.66 points. University of Michigan scored 67.03 points on their way to the bronze medal. They unfortunately had two falls, but were still able to express their wacky Beetlejuice program very well. The pewter medalists were the ladies of Michigan State University whose catchy disco program and clean performance earned 61.08 points.
The adult division was an international event and featured two competing teams from abroad. Crystallettes adult were rewarded with the gold medal for a clean skate and entertaining Chicago program. They tallied up 57.31 points. Ilderton Classic Jets from Canada earned the silver medal. The bronze medalists, Revolution, traveled all the way from Australia to compete their program. They scored 47.86 points. Western Michigan Alumni earned 42.88 points and the pewter medal.
Congratulations to all competitors and medalists and good luck to everyone polishing their programs as sectionals approach! Keep up the good work!